A perfume is so many things at the same time – not only is it a way to scent yourself and express your mood or personality, perfume is also a way to capture the zeitgeist of the times through scent, and an olfactory tour through various moods and experiences. In fact, perfumery first began in ancient Egypt, using native flora such as lilies. Perfume ingredients and recipes were also recorded by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia, during the time of ancient Rome. So it is easily one of the oldest beauty products known to man.
Many classic and iconic perfumes come with a rich and storied background. Here are five classic perfumes that have stood the test of time and made their mark on the history of perfumery, and the stories they have to tell.
5. Dior Diorissimo
Year of release: 1956
Diorissimo is perhaps the scent most emblematic to Christian Dior, with its lily-of-the-valley notes setting the benchmark for all such scents. Lily-of-the-valley was Christian Dior’s lucky flower, and legend has it that the man used to hide the flower in his gowns before they made their appearance on the runway. The scent was also the first of its kind, with its complexity, blending together many floral scents to capture an novel experience that was fresh, floral, and airy, in contrast to the relatively one-note scents of its day. Like the namesake fashion house, it was trendsetting, and perhaps one of the most complex floral scents up till today.
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